Programs and Events

Programs are generally held the fourth Tuesday of the month January through May and September through November at the Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Doors open at 6:15 PM and a brief business meeting begins at 6:45 PM. The featured program begins about 7:00PM.

In June we have our annual picnic and tailgate sale, in July and August we are busy with the Nevada County Fair, and in December we hold an annual holiday pot luck gathering.

Upcoming FFG Programs

Presentation for Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Ingrid Knox will discuss her Adventures in Weaving

Ingrid Knox, Guild Member and Membership Chair, will talk about her experiences as a weaver including some of the more unusual projects she’s undertaken.   She will also describe her approach to designing and weaving towels and how she brings color into her weaving.

Ingrid has been weaving for over thirty years.  She enjoys weaving useful items from natural fibers that don’t require any sewing when finished.

Presentation for Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Keith Smith will discuss The World of Batik

What is batik? Keith Smith is a fiber artist and batik expert from Auburn, California, who will give a brief history of batik and discuss tools, materials and techniques for its creation. In modern times, batik art and textiles are still being produced in many parts of the world: Asia, Africa, Europe, and America. Keith will talk about how he uses the traditional techniques and tools of Indonesian Batik to create contemporary and abstract effects, and show examples of his own work as well as that of other local artists. He will also share examples of batik from Bali and Java.
Says Keith, “The cauldron of wax reminds me of the foul smelling concoctions I used to cook up in my past life as an organic chemist. Since then I have avidly collected tjaps, had some custom made in Indonesia, and have gradually improved my skills in the use of wax, tjaps and dye to create bold, colorful designs.”’

Upcoming FFG Events

Because our November 26, 2019 Program – Chinese Dragon Boats, lead by  Jane Milner was canceled due to weather, Jane will show us how to make the Dragon Boats later in the year.

Local Fiber Events

Fiber Arts Get Together – usually the first Sunday of the Month at Curious Forge

See their calendar for details. Beginners through experienced fiber arts makers and crafters are welcome. Bring your spindle, wheel, loom, knitting, crochet, carding, or any other fiber craft you enjoy.

Upcoming Regional Events

February 8-9, 2020 Sacramento Weavers and Spinners Open House

Details for the sale and open house are now available on their Guild’s new website:

April 3-5, 2020 CNCH

Finding the Artist Within at Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. More information here

Recent Events

December 2019 Holiday Party


2019 KVMR Celtic Festival and the FFG Sheep to Shawl

FFG at Farm Day 2019




2019 County Fair

See a list of First Place and Best of Division Winners

Congratulations Betsy Abrams – Winner of the 2019 People’s Choice Award! 


June 2019 Annual Picnic and Tailgate Sale

Recent Programs

October 22, 2019 – Plants, Color, Place: Using Local Natural Dyes, Helen Krayenhoff

Tuesday September 24, 2019 The Accidental Costumer – Jill Kelly

Jill discussed her career as “The Accidental Costumer.”  Jill is the daughter of one of the FFG founding members, Dee Jones. Learn more about Jill, her presentation, and see more photos here.

Tuesday May 28, 2019  Rags in the 21st Century – Sharlet Elms

Sharlet discussed the use of rags through history, particularly in the use of creating home goods such as rugs. 

Sharlet has over 20 years of weaving experience as an avocation; she is a Microbiologist by profession in the field of Public Health. Currently she is an instructor for the Public Health Microbiology California state training program, a weaving workshop instructor and a fair judge.




Guild Members can visit the Archives for older newsletters to see past programs